New River Trail State Park Professional Review and Guide
"Southwestern Virginia's New River Trail follows the 57-mile abandoned railroad bed form Pulaski to Galax with a branch trail that leads to the town of Fries. For nearly 40 miles, this rail trail parallels the banks of the New River, the great grandfather of rivers. The New River is much older than its name might suggest. Flowing south to north, as very few rivers in North America do, the New River has the distinction of being the world's section oldest river.
Along the trail, cyclists will cross more than 30 bridges and trestles and cycle through tunnels nearly 200 feet long. The longest bridge in the par, located at Fries Junction, is more than 1,000 feet long and offers dramatic views of the ancient river which courses more than 40 feet below. Scenery unique to Southwest Virginia is visible along the way. The area's rich history of an era long past, with the departure of the railroad, lives on whole-heartedly in the towns and communities that line the trail."